NSW Dine and Discover vouchers extended: Best ways to use yours now

Posted: 29 June 2021 3:58 pm
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Now you've got another chance, here's where and how to use them.

While Sydney endures its 2-week lockdown there was some good news today from the New South Wales government because the popular Dine and Discover voucher program has two changes:

  • The program has been extended. The vouchers can now be used until 31 August 2021, giving people an extra month to use any vouchers they haven't redeemed yet.
  • The vouchers can now be used for takeaway during lockdown. When using Dine and Discover vouchers for takeaway purchases they must be delivered directly to your home by the restaurant or cafe, they cannot be picked up.

The news came as NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced other measures as part of a package to support small businesses affected by the current lockdown.

The Treasurer said, "The NSW economy rebounded strongly from the challenges of 2020 and we're taking action to ensure we keep that going. We are deploying our fiscal firepower when it matters, by helping small businesses stay in business and keep people in jobs."

There is a small catch, however. As they exist to support small businesses directly, the Dine and Discover vouchers cannot be redeemed for takeaway using third party delivery platforms like Uber or Deliveroo.

Best ways to use Dine and Discover vouchers

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1. Experience Vivid Sydney

One of the best parts of the extension news is that the vouchers will now be available to use during Vivid Sydney which takes place in August.

Book harbour cruises, waterside dinners or guided walking tours for $25 less.

If none of those ideas takes your fancy we've thought of even more unique Vivid Sydney experiences you might enjoy.


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2. Hit the ski slopes

With the vouchers extended right through to the end of winter you can take advantage and save at the snow in Thredbo and Perisher.

You might get $25 off a one-day snow trip or a session in a ski simulator if you feel like staying closer to home.

You can find more ski deals here.


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3. Go whale watching

There are few experiences more magical than whale watching in Sydney. You're just as likely to spot more than humpback whales – think seals and dolphins too.

It's not a rough experience either, there are cruises that serve breakfast and lunch although if you like a bit of excitement there are also speed boat options.

Your $25 discover vouchers will bring most experiences to well under $100.


How do the Dine and Discover vouchers work?

The Dine and Discover vouchers are available to all New South Wales residents over the age of 18.

Each eligible New South Wales resident can apply for and receive 4 vouchers worth $25 each for a total of $100.

The 2 x $25 Dine NSW vouchers are for food and non-alcoholic drinks and can be used for takeaway (during the lockdown period) or dining in at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs.

The 2 x $25 Discover NSW vouchers are for experiences and can be used at cinemas, museums, live music and arts venues.

You can apply for your vouchers online at the Service NSW website or via the Service NSW app.

Once you've successfully registered for the scheme you can find the Dine and Discover vouchers in the services section of the Service NSW app where a QR code is generated for you to use at the time of purchase.

You can see where the vouchers are located in the app here:

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An image showing 4 Dine and Discover vouchers. 1 Has been used.

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